Dr. Bernd Kohlhepp

Chair of Hydrogeology
Institute of Geosciences
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
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Professional Experience

  • since 04/2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair of Hydrogeology, Institute of Geosciences, FSU Jena
  • 08/2012 - 03/2013: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair of General and Ancient Geology, Institute of Geosciences, FSU Jena
  • 04/2009 - 07/2012: Research Assistant, Chair of General and Ancient Geology, Institute of Geosciences, FSU Jena


  • Ph.D (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geosciences, 07/2012: Institute of Geosciences, Chair of General and Ancient Geology, Institute of Geosciences, FSU Jena
  • Diploma in Geosciences (Dipl.-Geologe), 01/2009: Institute of Geosciences, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

Research interests

  • Functional aquifer stratigraphy and correlation
  • Assessment of aquifer recharge areas/recharge properties
  • Interpretation of well logs and geophysical survey data
  • Reservoir quality assessment and diagenesis


  • Seminar "Scientific Work"
  • Excursions: "Soil Science" and "Unconsolidated Rocks"


Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva: Understanding the Links Between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere

  • D03 - Site management and central experiments
  • C03 - Biogeochemistry in zones of fluctuating groundwater: alteration of rock surfaces and interactions with subsurface colloids


Ding, S., Kohlhepp, B., Trumbore, S., Küsel, K., Totsche, K. U., Pohnert, G., Gleixner, G. & Schwab, V. F. (2018). In situ production of core and intact bacterial and archaeal tetraether lipids in groundwater. Organic Geochemistry, 126, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.10.005

Kohlhepp B., Lehmann R., Seeber P., Küsel K., Trumbore S. E., Totsche K. U. (2017) Aquifer configuration and geostructural links control the groundwater quality in thin-bedded carbonate-siliciclastic alternations of the Hainich CZE, central Germany; Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21, 6091-6116. doi:10.5194/hess-21-6091-2017

Nowak M. E., Schwab V. F., Lazar C. S., Behrendt T., Kohlhepp B., Totsche K. U., Küsel K., and Trumbore S. E. (2017): Carbon isotopes of dissolved inorganic carbon reflect utilization of different carbon sources by microbial communities in two limestone aquifer assemblages, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21, 4283-4300, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4283-2017.

Förster A., Albrecht D., Bauer S., Baumann G., Beyer C., Böttcher N., Braun R., Behrends K., Conze R., De Lucia M., Ganzer L., Gaupp R., Görke U., Gou Y., Henninges J., Hou Z. , Kohlhepp B., Kolditz O., Kühn M., Lempp C., Liedl R., Meyer R., Norden B., Nowak T., Pilz P., Pudlo D., Rateizak M., Reitenbach V., Shams K. M., Shao H., Singh A. K., Stadler S., Stecken L., Taron J., Wang W., Watanabe N., Wienand J., Yoon J., Zimmer M.: Evaluation of Geo-processes, edited by: Kühn M., Münch U.: CLEAN. Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences (2190-1643). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-31677-7_4, 2013.

Pudlo D., Reitenbach V., Albrecht D., Ganzer L. , Gernert U., Wienand J., Kohlhepp B., Gaupp R. (2012): Environ Earth Sci 67: 369. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-012-1723-y.